Richard Kiel, the actor best known for his iconic portrayal of Bond villain Jaws, has passed away aged 74. According to ABC, the American actor broke his leg last week and was being treated in a Fresno, California hospital at the time of his death. It is unknown whether or not his death is connected to his injury.
Kiel pictured in 2008
With a career spanning almost fifty years, Kiel was a memorable figure in films and television, particularly because of his impressive seven-foot-two stature. Undoubtedly his best known role was in two Bond films as the assassin Jaws, distinctive for his steel-capped teeth. He appeared in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me alongside Roger Moore, and his character proved so popular the script was changed, allowing Jaws to survive and return in Moonraker two years later. He only had one line in the entirity of his screen time, and it's a credit to Kiel that his character was so iconic despite this.
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